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Hannah Hodgson

Written by Administrator. Posted in Meetings

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 30th October was Hannah Hodgson, a young person who has numerous crippling disabilities but still retains a very positive outlook on life.

Only diagnosed a few years ago she now has some chronic conditions including a neurological disease similar to MS and cannot eat or drink normally.  She is amazingly inspirational and is now an acclaimed local poet who has won some very prestigious awards and writes and speaks about her experiences. 

She is currently aiming to purchase an Apple computer which has the necessary software to help her continue with her poetry and video editing.

Hannah's Email address: Hannahwritesablog@gmail.com
Twitter: @HannahHodgson20

Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs) in Cumbria

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The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 16th October was Richard Preston who gave a presentation about the Great War and Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs) in Cumbria.

VADs were set up in 1908 and were dotted around Cumbria (Kendal, Windermere, Penrith and Carlisle as well as many more). There was a VAD hospital in Stramongate and of course at Westmorland General Hospital which had over 150 beds. In 1917, 2035 were treated in Cumberland and Westmorland alone and they continued until just after the war.

Planting Purple Crocuses 4 Polio Eradication

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On Sunday 15th October, Kendal Rotary planted 20,000 crocus bulbs on Castle Green Lane and the top of Parkside Road.

For the past six years with the backing of the Kendal in Bloom committee, the club has planted crocuses on many of the approach roads into Kendal and to date, they have planted 90,000 bulbs. The reason for crocus bulbs is to highlight the Rotary initiative to eradicate polio worldwide which is nearing completion.

The Yards of Kendal

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The speakers at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 2nd October were Patricia Hovey, from Kendal Civic Society and Trevor Hughes, one of its own members. They gave a talk on the yards of Kendal which was a preview of the Society’s latest publication, ‘The Yards of Kendal’ which is being published at the end of October. It is a comprehensive study of the history of the famous yards which are one of the unique features of the town.

Rotary Youth Leadership Award and Rotary in France

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Mayflower GeorgeRecently there were two speakers at Kendal Rotary Club on 11th September. The first was Mayflower George who had attended the ‘Rotary Youth Leadership Award’ at Castlesteads outdoor pursuits centre in July.  The course which last for one week is aimed at teaching leadership, life skills and teamwork whilst challenging the students with a number of adventurous activities. She had thoroughly enjoyed the experience, which is funded by Kendal Rotary. 

Ingrid BeatieThe second speaker was Ingrid Beattie, a former member of the club who now lives in France.  She is to be the next President of the ‘Ribérac’ club and she gave a talk about the club itself and its various activities.